Monday, June 4, 2012

Disney Family Night: The Three Caballeros

One of the (many) things we're doing in preparation for our big trip to Disney World is to have a Disney Family Night about once a month until we leave . In short, we pick one of our favorite Disney movies and then create a themed night around it. It's a fun way to bridge the long wait!

Our first DFN movie was The Three Caballeros. Here's what we did...
We decorated with homemade paper flowers, a FIESTA banner, a photo of the 3 Cabs. While we made dinner we listened to Mexican & Cuban music and later we had a little dance party with our maracas (which are actually from Mexico!) while listening to the movie soundtrack.

And what's fun without learning something in the process?! :) I gathered some materials from our North America & South America Continent Bags, bookmarked a few pages in our Children's Encyclopedia, printed out a map of Mexico, and put together a list of common Spanish phrases for James to learn. He particularly enjoyed the Spanish phrases since he L-O-V-E-S anything to do with foreign languages.

While dinner was cooking, we played "Donde este Donald?" (where is Donald). I hid a rubber duck as we don't have an actual Donald duck. :) James had lots of fun with this and we all took turns playing and telling the seeker if they were "hot" or "cold".

For dinner we enjoyed some Mexican fare. Chips & dips for appetizers, tacos for the main course, and Dulce de Leche (ice cream) for dessert. Oh and I found some imported Mexican juice in the ethic section of the grocery store. Hubs and I may or may not have splurged on a margarita (or two). :) I made little signs for each food "station", and we used special drinking glasses and place settings.

After dinner we watched the movie during which we made sombreros. SUPER easy craft and even my non-crafty boy had fun making it!

(BTW, for our banner and dinner signs I used fonts from here.)

We had an absolute blast during our Disney Family Night and we're excited for next month's fiesta!

Click here to see our other Disney nights - there are more to come!

~Thank you for your comments!~

3 comments:

Corrie said...

Sounds like fun! Please post more of these.

Jordan & Russel said...

My husband and I booked our Disney family vacation to WDW this weekend and I am thrilled to piece!!!! So funny because I crawled onto my computer tonight to find fun, exciting and special ways to get little ones in the Disney mood and THIS POST was sitting in my inbox... SO awesome! It is like when you are singing a song, then turn on the car and that song you were just singing is on! My son is only 28 months and I was thinking in the car today (while listening to one of our Disney's Greatest Hits CD) that there are several Disney movies that I want to introduce him to before we go and this is a PERFECT idea! Thanks!!!! I hope that I can "join" you in your Disney prep via your blog... PLEASE?!?! Looking forward to it! Have a magical night ;)

Counting Coconuts said...

Yay! Glad you both like this idea! I have to admit, I'm totally psyched about it, but I guess it must be a Disney lovers thing. :)

@Jordan: I would LOVE for you to join me in prepping for Disney! Feel free to link back to your blog (assuming you have one) with any Disney posts you've published! And I just have to tell say, you telling me to have a magical night totally made my day! :) Thanks!

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